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  1. El Director

    vfx Filming a hanging scene

    We did this a few years back. My biggest advice - don't have a noose around the neck. Loop the rope once, tie it in the back. Then using thread or magnents, attach the loop to the "hanging rope", which will have the noose knot. This way if ANYTHING happens, your actor won't get hurt
  2. El Director

    classics Why I appreciate DeMille and "The Ten Commandments"

    Have you seen any of the stuff on Ron Wyatt? He was an amateur archeologist and there is strong evidence that he found Soddom and Gamoraha, The true path of the Exodus and Red Sea crossing, Noah's ark and other things. Might be something you'd be interested. I can send you links to the videos...
  3. El Director

    classics Why I appreciate DeMille and "The Ten Commandments"

    Thanks for the kind words! We actually did it for $2000, here's the BTS documentary if you haven't seen it: I never did any advertising short of sending a link to the facebook page for the flick. I suck at promotion. Here's some misc charts and graphs showing our lifetime numbers...
  4. El Director

    classics Why I appreciate DeMille and "The Ten Commandments"

    I love the old Bible epics. The Ten Commandments has always been one of my favorites, I appreciate your insight! My wife and I were talking about it the other day, Hollywood doesn't do the epics anymore. Even with all the CGI, they lack the scale. I think the score has a lot to do with it...
  5. El Director

    cameras Best Budget/Beginner Cameras for Indie Filmmakers

    I still advocate a Canon Rebel T#i for starting out. You get a Super 35 sensor, can add custom picture styles like the ones from VisionColor and install Magic Lantern which gives you cropmarks, peaking, and other great features. As a bonus, it takes damn good stills too when you're doing the...
  6. El Director

    vfx VFX work with Filmmaking

    It varies. My first feature had one VFX shot (it should of been two, but I didn't know how to do the second at the time). Feature number two had one scene that was all vfx (greenscreen driving) and my third feature had around 210 (greenscreens, sky replacements, monitor replacements, gunshots...
  7. El Director

    watch LEGO Batman Brickfilm

    haha! I genuinely laughed! (love RD). I think the walk cycles need some work, but the motion was smooth and you have a good sense of timing. loved the Joker's different dances, especially the hip thrust and then the head spins. Nice work!
  8. El Director

    color-grading How can I color grade without breaking the image

    I ended my post with that question ;)
  9. El Director

    color-grading How can I color grade without breaking the image

    LUTs are not for grading. They're for transforming color spaces. What kind of footage are you starting with?
  10. El Director

    marketing Printing Theatrical Film Posters

    I've had great success with Poster Burner. I get the 24x36 ones made for all my films and they look gorgeous. I think it cost around $18 per poster (but I only ordered one of each)
  11. El Director

    directing Who here is making a movie or short film?

    I'm wrapping up production on my fourth feature. I still have three days left of filming, and most of what we've shot has been cut. I'm also working on a few short films to experiment some new techniques and ideas.
  12. El Director

    misc What part of the film making process is most painful

    For me, it's definitely finding locations and actors. I enjoy every other part of the process, but on all my movies (shorts and features) casting and getting locations secured is always the most frustrating part. I'm in the middle of my fourth feature right now. We shot the majority of the...
  13. El Director

    distro Physical Vs. Digital Home Video Release

    I do. I live in the country where I'm lucky to get 1.5 Mbps down with my internet. Streaming is not an ideal option, so I purchase blu-rays for movies. Plus I like the extras and want to watch to the movie in the best quality I can (without a 4K TV). I know I'm not the only one
  14. El Director

    announcement Welcome to indietalk 3.0!

    The email bit threw me. I have like ten different emails I use so it took me a while to find the right one as well as figure out my password. New site looks great though
  15. El Director

    pre-pro Scheduling and Budgeting Software

    In my experience, you really can't beat Movie Magic.
  16. El Director

    pre-pro Your Next Project

    My day job is currently working as a VFX sup at a small house, but my heart is in making my own projects. I just wrapped a week of filming in Montana for my fourth feature film called, "Surviving the Wild". It's based on my time being homeless in the mountains. We have one more week of...
  17. El Director

    actors Have you ever watched any movie with a really sexy character?

    Since you reference Bound, why not see how they wrote it? https://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Bound.html
  18. El Director

    social-media YouTube giving creators $0

    I kind of agree with it. If my feature films that I have are "Christian content", then I would expect advertisers that are friendly toward such. However, I get a lot of what I would consider inappropriate comments daily that have to be deleted. It sounds to me like YouTube is just wanting...
  19. El Director

    Day Jobs

    AcousticAI brings up some good points. I've done the freelance thing too and in a way I prefer it over my current situation. The problem with "working in the industry" is that you're working on other people's projects, making their vision happen. For me it sucks a lot of the fun and...
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